Seniors Thinking About Selling

Next Chapter – Brings Change

Life is about seasons and each season is a new Chapter, so when it comes to retirement, this can be a difficult time for seniors thinking about selling for different reasons, as well as an exciting experience too!

Change can be very overwhelming as we all become very
comfortable with our situation. No matter how difficult things may have become, but it’s the actual transition of change that makes the thought so unbearable. 

Downsizing home

Making the decision

If you have just reached retirement, or have been retired for many years, there will come a time when thinking about selling will become a topic.  There are many who continue this for years, not being able to make a decision to stay or go!  I always say it doesn’t matter what you decided, as long as you make a decision before the decision is made for you.

What
are the options?

  • Retirement Village
  • Unit
  • New Build
  • Aged Care
  • Home Care
  • Move in with family

There are advantages and disadvantages with all, so start
your list and see which option best suits you.

Seniors moving

Regardless of age, moving can be a difficult and stressful
time. It can be as stressful as a divorce, loss of a life partner as these are
the most difficult situations we face during our lives.

Moving for seniors is especially troublesome.  At Anne Harris Realty we have identified four reasons that make moving for seniors extremely difficult:-

1. Most seniors are leaving a home after many, numerous years. It’s very common that seniors have been in their present home for 30, 40, and 50 years or more.  Leaving a home after this time frame is extremely difficult and emotional ordeal. Numerous seniors remark, “The only way I was going to leave my house was in a box, so leaving my home and moving is overpowering.”  Actually, numerous seniors are renewed and re-energized in the wake of making a move.

2. Most seniors moving are downsizing Moving to a smaller home requires making a decision on each and every single item in the home. From memorabilia to kitchen utensils, the vast majority accumulate these things after some time, and are totally overwhelmed at the possibility of making a decision on what items not to keep. This is by far the most difficult part of making a move for seniors. Some have said that it’s more overwhelming than contemplating selling a house.  Once moved and settled, be that as it may, numerous remarks that they feel “freed” by not having so much stuff. I guess when we have a lot of stuff, it’s a heavy load!

3. Most seniors are confronting some sort of health problem. Moving at any age requires physical exertion, mental sharpness, and heaps of energy. While numerous seniors are in great shape for a move, having the physical stamina, the body parts all in working order (the back for one), and the psychological where-with-all can be generally scary. You know what they say, the mind is willing, but the body!

4. Most seniors have restricted accessibility of relatives to help.

The family is no longer around the corner or across the road;
they are frequently in another state or even in another country.  On the off chance that they are in the same neighbourhood, they are normally busy with life, both parents working full time jobs, and getting kids off to soccer or ballet classes, as everyone is just busy being busy!

Making your move a smooth transition

At Anne Harris Realty we will provide a tailor made service
just for you.  It’s not just about selling your home, but the journey of preparing and being with you every step of the way, knowing that you are not alone until you have settled into your new home, at the same time whenever possible encouraging family member/s to be apart of the process.  We offer an obligation free quote on your home.  At this meeting, we will assess your situation, understand your needs and offer you a solution.  Together we will put a plan together to make sure that your move is as stress free as possible.

The family is no longer around the corner or across the road;
they are frequently in another state or even in another country. On the off chance that they are in the same neighbourhood, they are normally busy with life, both parents working full time jobs, and getting
kids off to soccer or ballet classes, as everyone is just busy being busy!

Making your move a smooth transition

At Anne Harris Realty we will provide a tailor made service just for you. It’s not just about selling your home, but the journey of preparing and being with you every step of the way, knowing that you are not alone until you have settled into your new home, at the same time whenever possible encouraging family member/s to be a part of the process. We offer an obligation free quote on your home. At this meeting, we will assess your situation, understand your needs and offer you a solution. Together we will put a plan together to make sure that your move is as stress free as possible

The plan may involve:-

  • Deciding what furniture and belongings you are taking, selling, donating or disposing.
  • Booking a removalist and packers
  • Organising a final clean-up of the house and yard
  • Getting any maintenance done
  • Organising a painter and interior decorator to increase the value of the home prior to sale
  • Settling you into your new home
Retirement living

Everyone’s situation is different, however all are downsizing and there will be hard decisions to make. It will take longer than expected, so the
sooner the sorting process begins the less stressful the relocation process
will be. It may be a good idea to start with 4 round colour stickers. Red (dispose), green (keep), yellow (sell), white (donate).

You will learn some useful techniques and assist you in making the decisions that you need to be made. Items that you have decided to donate; will go to the charities of your choice in your community helping local families.

With Anne Harris Realty all service providers are local family businesses.

To book a suitable time to meet and discuss how we can assist, contact the number below.

Anne Harris - Realtor and Consultant

Anne Harris Real Estate Sales and Marketing

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